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It's time to reflect on the first half of the Browns' season

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 28, 2010

The Browns are off Thursday through Sunday because of their bye week, and I am, too. However, this blog will be back in full swing Monday morning when activities resume at the team's training facility in Berea. Until then, follow my lead and take some time to reflect on the first half of the season. Here are some thoughts that might help you get started with your own assessment of the team:

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Browns QB Jake Delhomme to sign autographs in Fairlawn

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 28, 2010

Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme is scheduled to sign autographs from 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday at Montrose Ford in Fairlawn. Montrose Ford in Fairlawn is located at 3960 Medina Road, a quarter of a mile east of Interstate 77 on Route 18 (Medina Road).

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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 27, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Wednesday morning. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-27-10

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Browns LB David Bowens named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 27, 2010

Browns linebacker David Bowens has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance this past Sunday in Cleveland's 30-17 win over the New Orleans Saints, the NFL announced Wednesday.

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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 26, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Tuesday morning. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-26-10

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Browns make roster moves

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 26, 2010

The Browns were awarded running back Thomas Clayton off waivers from the New England Patriots, and they also signed free agent wide receiver Demetrius Williams, the team announced Tuesday. The Browns also waived running back James Davis and wide receiver Yamon Figurs.

Selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round (186th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft, the 5-foot-11, 220-pound Clayton spent the entire 2007 season and the first 14 weeks of the 2008 season on the 49ers’ practice squad before being elevated to the team's 53-man roster for the final two games. He spent the entire 2009 season on injured reserve. Clayton, a Kansas State University product, spent training camp in 2010 with the Patriots before being signed to the Browns' practice squad on Sept. 15. He spent two weeks with Cleveland before being signed to New England’s active roster on Sept. 30. Clayton was inactive for two games he was with the Patriots before being waived this past Saturday.

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Lerner says time will heal rift with Jim Brown

By admin Published: October 26, 2010

From The Associated Press:

Owner Randy Lerner remains hopeful the Browns can repair their relationship with Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, who angrily skipped the team's inaugural Ring of Honor ceremony last month after his role as an adviser was reduced by president Mike Holmgren.

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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 25, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Monday afternoon. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-25-10

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Game day blog: Browns at Saints (Week 7)

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 24, 2010

Final recap: Browns 30, Saints 17 (click here for the box score)

Browns linebacker David Bowens returned two interceptions for touchdowns to help lift Cleveland to a shocking 30-17 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints (4-3) on Sunday at the Superdome. Bowens returned his first interception 32 yards for a touchdown, helping the Browns (2-5) take a 20-3 halftime lead. Then in the fourth quarter, he returned another pick 64 yards to seal Cleveland's win. The Browns had stellar performances on defense, picking off four passes from one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, the Saints' Drew Brees. How did they do it? They disguised coverages better than they had all season. They showed man-to-man coverage before the snap, then actually played zone. They showed blitzes, then actually dropped into coverage. Cornerback Sheldon Brown had an interception, safety Abram Elam should have had one and rookie safety T.J. Ward got his hands on two of Brees' passes. Basically, the Browns confused the Saints' offense. Cleveland's defensive secondary has struggled throughout the season, but it shined in Week 7. The Browns also had three sacks -- one each by linebackers Scott Fujita, Marcus Benard and Chris Gocong. Fujita played as if he was possessed against his former team. He finished with a team-high 11 tackles and an interception. The Browns' special teams also provided some highlights. Reggie Hodges' 68-yard run on a fake punt, and Josh Cribbs' lateral to Eric Wright -- which turned into a 61-yard return by Wright -- led to two first-half field goals. Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy didn't finish with dazzling statistics:  He completed 9-of-16 passes for 74 yards. But McCoy managed the game well, and Cleveland didn't commit a turnover. The Browns also had a season-low four penalties for 30 yards. Not bad for an offense controlled by a rookie playing in one of the loudest venues in professional sports, right? As Cribbs told me after the game, "I think that the rookie showed that he can play in this league. He can make things happen. He can win ballgames." McCoy didn't win the game Sunday; the Browns' defense and special teams did. But he certainly didn't lose it, either. He led the offense on a 13-play, 50-yard drive that wasted 7 minutes, 34 seconds of precious time in the fourth quarter after the Saints trimmed their deficit to 10 points. Perhaps his best play of the game was his 13-yard reception from running back Peyton Hillis on a trick play. Yes, the Browns pulled out all the stops this time.

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Poll: Are the Browns wise to stick with CB Eric Wright?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 23, 2010

Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said Friday he plans to stick with cornerback Eric Wright, even though he acknowledged Wright has regressed this season. Meanwhile, rookie cornerback Joe Haden, the seventh overall pick in this year's draft, continues to play in nickel and dime situations. Haden has shown progress during the past few weeks, and he recorded his first career interception this past Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Still, Ryan has Wright's back for now.

"We are definitely counting on Eric Wright as a coaching staff and as a football team," Ryan said. "Just because we are counting on him doesn’t necessarily mean he’s always going to do great. The biggest thing is consistency. Right now, Eric hasn’t been that consistent, not as good as he was last year consistent-wise. The young man is working, he’s studying tape, he works extra with (defensive backs coach) Jerome (Henderson) and he’s just got to play through it. I guess it would be like a hitter in baseball going through a little slump. Eventually they’re going to get their stuff back, their groove back. Has he been beaten in man coverage sometimes? Yes, he has.  Did he miss a tackle last week that hurt? Absolutely. Did we get the throw we were expecting? (Heck) yes. (Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was) 5 yards short of the (darn) goal line, we have got to get him on the ground. Is he a fine football player? (Darn) right he is. We have got to all play better, whatever it takes, we are going to do."

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Transcript from press conference with Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 22, 2010

Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan met with reporters Friday afternoon. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan press conference 10-22-10

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Transcript from press conference with Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 22, 2010

Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll met with reporters Friday afternoon. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll press conference 10-22-10

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Friday's Browns/Saints injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 22, 2010

Injury report for Oct. 22, 2010

Browns — Doubtful: QB Jake Delhomme (ankle), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (head), OL John St. Clair (ankle) and QB Seneca Wallace (ankle). Questionable: DL Kenyon Coleman (knee),  DL Shaun Rogers (ankle) and TE Robert Royal (elbow). Probable: WR Josh Cribbs (head), RB Peyton Hillis (thigh), OL Alex Mack (shoulder), TE Benjamin Watson (ankle) and OL Floyd Womack (knee).

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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 22, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Friday morning. Here is the transcript from the press conference:

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-22-10

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Browns WR Josh Cribbs returns to practice

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 22, 2010

On Friday, Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs practiced for the first time since he suffered a concussion this past Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cribbs and wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi were injured in the second quarter when Steelers linebacker James Harrison leveled them with devastating hits that led to a $75,000 fine and widespread debate.

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Highlights from press conference with Browns coach Eric Mangini

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 22, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Friday morning. Here are some of the highlights from the press conference:

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Thursday's Browns/Saints injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 21, 2010

Injury report for Oct. 21, 2010

Browns — Did not participate in practice: LB Marcus Benard (non-injury related), WR Josh Cribbs (head), QB Jake Delhomme (ankle), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (head), tight end Robert Royal (elbow), OL John St. Clair (ankle) and QB Seneca Wallace (ankle). Limited participation in practice: DL Kenyon Coleman (knee), RB Peyton Hillis (thigh), OL Alex Mack (shoulder), DL Shaun Rogers (ankle) and OL Floyd Womack (knee). Full participation in practice: TE Benjamin Watson (ankle).

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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 21, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Thursday morning. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-21-10

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Highlights from press conference with Browns coach Eric Mangini

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 21, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters on Thursday morning. Here are some of the highlights from the press conference:

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Wednesday's Browns/Saints injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 20, 2010

Injury report for Oct. 20, 2010

Browns -- Did not participate in practice: DL Kenyon Coleman (knee), WR Josh Cribbs (head), QB Jake Delhomme (ankle), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (head), DL Shaun Rogers (ankle), tight end Robert Royal (elbow), OL John St. Clair (ankle) and QB Seneca Wallace (ankle). Limited participation in practice: RB Peyton Hillis (thigh), OL Alex Mack (shoulder) and OL Floyd Womack (knee). Full participation in practice: TE Benjamin Watson (ankle).

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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 20, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Wednesday morning. Here is the transcript from the press conference:

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-20-10

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Browns DL Robaire Smith, OL Tony Pashos out for season; team signs two players

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 20, 2010

The Browns placed defensive lineman Robaire Smith (back) and offensive lineman Tony Pashos (ankle) on injured reserve Wednesday, the team announced. To take their spots on the 53-man roster, the Browns signed wide receiver Yamon Figurs and offensive lineman Paul McQuistan.

Drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round (74th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Figurs has played in 33 games during his four-year professional career, recording five receptions for 103 yards with one touchdown. On special teams, he has registered 85 kickoff returns for 1,956 yards (23.0 avg.) with one touchdown, and 42 punt returns for 340 yards (8.1 avg.) with one touchdown. He played with the Ravens in 2007 and 2008 before splitting time with the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009. He was signed by the Oakland Raiders on Jan. 13 and released by the Raiders on Sept. 15 after appearing in their season opener.

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Highlights from press conference with Browns coach Eric Mangini

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 20, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Wednesday morning. Here are some of the highlights from the press conference:

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Poll: What do you think of James Harrison's $75,000 fine?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 19, 2010

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined $75,000 by the NFL for delivering a devastating hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and because he is a repeat offender, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN. Harrison, an Akron native and former Kent State University standout, knocked Josh Cribbs and Massaquoi out of the game Sunday by colliding with their helmets in the second quarter. Both players suffered concussions, Browns coach Eric Mangini said Monday.

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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 18, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Monday afternoon. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-18-10

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Browns DE Robaire Smith might be out for the season

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 18, 2010

Browns defensive end Robaire Smith could be out for the season with a back injury, Browns coach Eric Mangini confirmed Monday afternoon during a news conference. Smith, one of Cleveland's defensive captains, did not practice this past week and was inactive for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

When asked if Smith's injury could keep him out of the lineup on a long-term basis, Mangini said, "Yes." When asked if Smith could be placed on injured reserve, meaning he would be out for the season, Mangini said, "It's possible."

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Poll: Should Steelers linebacker James Harrison be fined or suspended?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 18, 2010

Poll updated at 4 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison knocked Browns wide receivers Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi out of Sunday's game by colliding with their helmets in the second quarter. Harrison nailed Cribbs as he was running right with the ball out of the Wildcat offense. He later leveled Massaquoi as he was running a short route over the middle. Harrison was not penalized for either hit. During his Monday afternoon news conference, Browns coach Eric Mangini said Cribbs and Massaquoi suffered concussions.

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Game day blog: Browns at Steelers (Week 6)

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 17, 2010

Final recap: Steelers 28, Browns 10 (click here for the box score)

The Browns kept themselves in the game for the most part, but they could never seize the momentum Sunday at Heinz Field. The result was an AFC North loss to the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Rookie Colt McCoy became the Browns' 16th starting quarterback since 1999, and he had a solid NFL regular-season debut. McCoy completed 23-of-33 passes for 281 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown pass that helped the Browns (1-5) trim their deficit to 21-10 with 4:09 left in the fourth quarter. McCoy, however, threw two interceptions, and the Browns made too many mistakes to keep up with the Steelers, who were coming off a bye. Pittsburgh (4-1) simply refused to allow Cleveland to spoil the return of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who made his season debut after serving a four-game suspension from the league. Roethlisberger completed 16-of-27 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. The Browns lost wide receivers Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi to head injuries. Both players were hurt when they took devastating hits from Steelers linebacker James Harrison, an Akron native and former Kent State University standout. Harrison's hit on Cribbs was a helmet-to-helmet collision. He appeared to use a forearm smash to level Massaquoi. A few weeks ago, Browns rookie safety T.J. Ward created a stir when he nailed Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jordan Shipley with a helmet-to-helmet hit. Ward was penalized for hitting a defenseless receiver and later fined $15,000. As for Harrison, he was not penalized for either big hit he made Sunday. After the game in the bowels of Heinz Field, Ward said, "I saw one of (the hits, the one on) Mohamed. He was completely defenseless. I think (Harrison) hit him before the ball may have even got there. He was a defenseless receiver, and it was helmet-to-helmet." When asked if he thought it was the right call to make no call, Ward said, "That's not right at all. Definitely if I got flagged and fined for what I did, then he should have got flagged two times. But refs, they make the calls. Not us." The Browns did not lose the game solely because Cribbs and Massaquoi were knocked out of the game, but it certainly did not help their cause. Without Cribbs, the Wildcat offense disappeared from the game plan. Also, Chansi Stuckey became the punt-return man, and he fumbled a punt that led to a crucial touchdown and a subsequent boost of momentum for the home team. There were positives, though. McCoy faced pressure all day and was sacked five times, but he handled the situation with poise. Rookie cornerback Joe Haden recorded his first career interception and showed some nifty moves while returning it 62 yards. On the other hand, the Browns lost the turnover battle 3-1, thanks to McCoy's picks and Stuckey's lost fumble. They also failed to record a sack. And their top two cornerbacks, Eric Wright and Sheldon Brown, continued to give up big plays in coverage.

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By Nate Ulrich Published: October 17, 2010

The Browns (1-4) face the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) at 1 p.m. today. Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy is expected to make his NFL regular-season debut. Meanwhile, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will return from a four-game suspension.

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Transcript from press conference with Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 15, 2010

Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll met with reporters Friday afternoon. Here is the transcript from the press conference:

Browns Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll press conference 10-15-10

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Transcript from press conference with Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 15, 2010

Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan met with reporters Friday afternoon. Here is the transcript from the press conference:

Browns Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan press conference 10-15-10

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Friday's Browns/Steelers injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 15, 2010

Injury report for Oct. 15, 2010

Browns -- Doubtful: QB Jake Delhomme (ankle), DL Robaire Smith (back), OL John St. Clair (ankle) and QB Seneca Wallace (ankle). Questionable: DL Kenyon Coleman (knee), RB Peyton Hillis (thigh), DL Shaun Rogers (elbow), TE Robert Royal (shoulder),  DB Nick Sorensen (calf) and OL Floyd Womack (knee). Probable: WR Josh Cribbs (ankle), DB Abram Elam (knee), OL Alex Mack (shoulder) and OL Joe Thomas (shin).

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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 15, 2010

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-15-10

(Opening statement)- “Good morning everybody.  The guys that won’t be practicing today will be the two quarterbacks and John St. Clair.  We’ve just got to see on Robaire (Smith), but everybody else should be out there today.  What we’re doing today we’re just following our progression so we’re moving into the red zone.  We do red zone, goal line, review first, second and third down package and just follow our normal procedure.  I thought Colt (McCoy) had another good day of practice, I thought Brett (Ratliff) had a good day of practice. Mike (Bell), I thought he picked up things pretty quickly.  With guys who have been in the league, a lot of times they just have to associate it with something that they’ve done before and that’s what he was going through the process of yesterday during practice.  After practice same thing, either apply the things he did in Denver, New Orleans or Philadelphia so it’s association more than flat out new learning.  There’s some new learning, don’t get me wrong, but a lot of it is that process.  He’s worked quite a bit with Gary (Brown) and Brian (Daboll) and got him his book last night so we’ll so how he is today, but my expectation is that he’ll get up to speed pretty quickly.”

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Highlights from press conference with Browns coach Eric Mangini

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 15, 2010

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Thursday's Browns/Steelers injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 14, 2010

Browns -- Did not participate in practice: QB Jake Delhomme (ankle), RB Peyton Hillis (thigh), OL Alex Mack (shoulder), DL Shaun Rogers (elbow), TE Robert Royal (shoulder), DL Robaire Smith (back), OL John St. Clair (ankle), QB Seneca Wallace (ankle) and OL Floyd Womack (knee). Limited participation in practice: DL Kenyon Coleman (knee), WR Josh Cribbs (ankle), DB Abram Elam (knee) and DB Nick Sorensen (calf). Full participation in practice: OL Joe Thomas (shin).

Steelers -- Limited participation in practice: OL Trai Essex (ankle).

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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 14, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Thursday morning. Here is the transcript from the press conference:

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-14-10

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Highlights from press conference with Browns coach Eric Mangini

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 14, 2010

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Wednesday's Browns/Steelers injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 13, 2010

Injury report for Oct. 13, 2010

Browns -- Did not participate in practice: DL Kenyon Coleman (knee), QB Jake Delhomme (ankle), RB Peyton Hillis (thigh), OL Alex Mack (shoulder), DL Shaun Rogers (elbow), TE Robert Royal (shoulder), DL Robaire Smith (back), DB Nick Sorensen (calf), OL John St. Clair (ankle), QB Seneca Wallace (ankle) and OL Floyd Womack (knee). Limited participation in practice: WR Josh Cribbs (ankle), DB Abram Elam (knee) and OL Joe Thomas (shin).

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Browns trade RB Jerome Harrison to Eagles for RB Mike Bell

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 13, 2010

The Browns traded running back Jerome Harrison to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for running back Mike Bell, the Eagles announced Wednesday.

The Browns confirmed the trade, which is contingent upon both players passing physicals. A Browns spokesman said Bell will arrive in Berea on Thursday and will take his physical then. Harrison practiced Wednesday before the trade was announced.

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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 13, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Wednesday morning. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-13-10

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Browns coach Eric Mangini leaning toward starting rookie QB Colt McCoy; Brett Ratliff chooses Cleveland over New England

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 13, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini said he's leaning toward starting rookie quarterback Colt McCoy on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers if the team's top two quarterbacks, Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, are unavailable.

Both Delhomme and Wallace missed Wednesday's practice with sprained right ankles, but Mangini said he has not ruled either one of the them out for Sunday. Mangini also has not ruled out the possibility of staring quarterback Brett Ratliff, whom the Browns signed off the New England Patriots' practice squad on Tuesday.

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Highlights from press conference with Browns coach Eric Mangini

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 13, 2010

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Poll: Who should the Browns start at quarterback Sunday?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 12, 2010

With the Browns' top two quarterbacks, Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, ailing because of their sprained right ankles, the Browns might have to start someone else Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rookie Colt McCoy and Brett Ratliff have never taken a snap in an NFL regular-season game, and the Steelers' defense certainly won't make a debut easy for either one of them. Some observers have even suggested wide receiver Josh Cribbs, who played quarterback for Kent State University, should control the Browns' offense.

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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 11, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Monday afternoon. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-11 -10

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Agent: Browns signing quarterback Brett Ratliff

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 11, 2010

The Browns are in the process of signing quarterback Brett Ratliff off the New England Patriots' practice squad, Ratliff's agent, Joe Palumbo, said Monday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the deal, and the Beacon Journal confirmed it through Palumbo.

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Highlights from press conference with Browns coach Eric Mangini

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 11, 2010

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Game day blog: Browns vs. Atlanta Falcons (Week 5)

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 10, 2010

Final recap: Falcons 20, Browns 10 (click here for the box score)

With their top two quarterbacks hobbled with sprained right ankles, the Browns (1-4) simply couldn't generate enough firepower in their loss to the Atlanta Falcons (4-1) on Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium. They couldn't even rely on their bread and butter, finishing with only 20 carries for a measly 48 yards (2.4 average). Yes, running back Peyton Hillis (strained quadriceps) was playing hurt, too. Seneca Wallace started at quarterback for Cleveland for the fourth consecutive week, but he sprained his right ankle late in the first half after being hit and landed on by Falcons defensive end John Abraham. Jake Delhomme replaced Wallace , but his right high-ankle sprain that he suffered in the season opener was not fully healed, and it seemed to bother him more and more as the game progressed. Delhomme threw two interceptions, including one that was returned 31 yards by Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann for a backbreaking touchdown with 4:01 left in the fourth quarter. His second interception that sailed into the hands of Falcons linebacker Stephen Nichols sealed Atlanta's fourth consecutive win. With an inept running attack -- the Browns ran wild in Weeks 3 and 4 as Hillis finished with more than 100 yards rushing in each game -- Cleveland made itself vulnerable to a full-force pass rush from the Falcons. Atlanta finished with three sacks and four quarterback hits. Abraham did most of the damage. He repeatedly beat Browns Pro Bowl offensive left tackle Joe Thomas around the edge, finishing with two sacks and three quarterback hits. In addition to forcing Wallace out of the game, Abraham applied pressure on Delhomme as he threw his final interception. The Browns lost the turnover battle 3-1. On defense, the Browns denied the Falcons a touchdown on their three trips to the red zone. They also forced a Atlanta's lone turnover when linebacker Scott Fujita sacked quarterback Matt Ryan, forcing a fumble that was recovered by defensive end Kenyon Coleman. But the defense also allowed Falcons running back Michael Turner to gain 140 yards on 19 carries, including a 55-yard run, and wide receiver Roddy White to break free past cornerback Sheldon Brown for a 45-yard touchdown reception from Ryan. Those big plays added insult to the Browns' injuries, and there were plenty of ailing players for the home team. Depending on the health of Delhomme and Wallace, the Browns might need to acquire a new quarterback before their Week 6 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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By Nate Ulrich Published: October 10, 2010

The Browns (1-3) host the Atlanta Falcons (3-1) at 1 p.m. today. The Browns are looking for their second consecutive win, and the Falcons are looking for their fourth victory in a row.

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Transcript from press conference with Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 8, 2010

Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll met with reporters Friday afternoon. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll press conference 10-8-10

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Transcript from press conference with Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 8, 2010

Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan met with reporters Friday afternoon. Here is a transcript of the press conference:

Browns Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan press conference 10-8-10

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Friday's Browns/Falcons injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 8, 2010

Injury report for Oct. 8, 2010

Browns — Out: OL John St. Clair (ankle). Questionable: DL Kenyon Coleman (knee), QB Jake Delhomme (ankle), RB Peyton Hillis (thigh), OL Alex Mack (shoulder), DL Robaire Smith (back), DB Nick Sorensen (calf) and DL Shaun Rogers (ankle, hip). Probable: WR Josh Cribbs (ankle), RB Jerome Harrison (thigh), OL Shawn Lauvao (ankle), WR Brian Robiskie (hamstring) and tight end Robert Royal (calf).

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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 8, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Friday morning. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-8-10

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Browns legends Greg Pruitt, Joe DeLamielleure to sign autographs Saturday in Hartville

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 8, 2010

Here's a release from the Hartville MarketPlace and Flea Market:

On Saturday, two Browns greats will visit the Hartville MarketPlace and Flea Market to sign free autographs and visit with fans.

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Links to Browns coverage: Oct. 8, 2010

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 8, 2010

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Highlights from press conference with Browns coach Eric Mangini

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 8, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Friday morning. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

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Thursday's Browns/Falcons injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 7, 2010

Injury report for Oct. 7, 2010

Browns — Did not participate in practice: DL Kenyon Coleman (knee), OL Alex Mack (shoulder), DL Robaire Smith (back), DB Nick Sorensen (calf) and OL John St. Clair (ankle). Limited participation in practice: WR Josh Cribbs (ankle), QB Jake Delhomme (ankle), RB Peyton Hillis (thigh), OL Shawn Lauvao (ankle), WR Brian Robiskie (hamstring) and DL Shaun Rogers (ankle, hip). Full participation in practice: RB Jerome Harrison (thigh).

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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 7, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Thursday morning. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-7-10

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Links to Browns coverage: Oct. 7, 2010

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Wednesday's Browns/Falcons injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 6, 2010

Injury report for Oct. 6, 2010

Browns -- Did not participate in practice: DL Kenyon Coleman (knee), OL Alex Mack (shoulder), DL Shaun Rogers (ankle, hip), DL Robaire Smith (back), DB Nick Sorensen (calf) and OL John St. Clair (ankle). Limited participation in practice: WR Josh Cribbs (ankle), QB Jake Delhomme (ankle), OL Shawn Lauvao (ankle) and WR Brian Robiskie (hamstring). Full participation in practice: RB Jerome Harrison (thigh).

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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 6, 2010

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-6-10

(Opening statement) -- “Good morning everybody.  In terms of guys that will be out here this afternoon, it will be that defensive line group will miss today with Robaire (Smith), Baby (Shaun Rogers) and Kenyon (Coleman). John (St. Clair), Nick Sorensen and Alex Mack will not be out there. I think that’s it, everybody else should be out there.  In terms of what we did here this morning is we went through some of the corrections from the game on Sunday against Cincinnati.  Did that quickly and we’ll do that throughout the course of the week so we don’t lose that information because whether you win or lose there are lessons to be learned and really important lessons and we were from perfect on Sunday so we want to make sure we get those things covered. We have a process for doing that and then after that we started on our prep for Atlanta. They just keep coming whether it’s Baltimore then you go to Cincinnati then you got Atlanta, they just keep coming. This is a really, in my mind, a solid sound team.  They’re second in time of possession which they do a great job with. They’re third in the NFL in giveaway-takeaway ratio which is a huge statistic and they are the seventh least penalized team.  That’s all very sound things and I think they play that way.  They have won close games which is usually a trademark of a very sound team.

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Source: Browns rookie safety T.J. Ward fined $15,000

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 6, 2010

Browns rookie safety T.J. Ward has been fined $15,000 by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jordan Shipley this past Sunday, a source familiar with the situation said Wednesday.

During the Browns' open locker room session Wednesday before practice, Ward said he had not yet heard from the league about a fine. Shipley suffered a concussion as a result of the collision. Ward was penalized for a personal foul.

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Highlights from press conference with Browns coach Eric Mangini

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 6, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Wednesday morning. Here are some of the highlights from the press conference:

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Links to Browns coverage: Oct. 6, 2010

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 6, 2010

The Browns (1-3) resume practice today in preparation for their upcoming home game against the Atlanta Falcons (3-1). Quarterback Jake Delhomme (right high-ankle sprain) is expected to practice, so it will be interesting to see how he's able to move around compared with last week. Browns coach Eric Mangini has said Delhomme will start against the Falcons if he's healthy enough.

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Browns acquire DL Jayme Mitchell in trade with Vikings

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 6, 2010

The Browns completed a trade Wednesday in which they acquired defensive lineman Jayme Mitchell from the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced. Cleveland gave up an undisclosed 2012 draft choice.

The Browns also waived defensive back Derrick Roberson.

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Links to Browns coverage: Oct. 5, 2010

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 5, 2010

The Browns (1-3) are off today. They'll resume practice Wednesday as they prepare for a home game against the Atlanta Falcons. (3-1).

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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 4, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Monday afternoon. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-4-10

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Highlights from press conference with Browns coach Eric Mangini

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 4, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Monday afternoon. Here are some of the highlights from the press conference:

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Links to Browns coverage: Oct. 4, 2010

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 4, 2010

The Browns (1-3) defeated the Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) on Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The team is off practice today and Tuesday. Its next game is Sunday at home against the Atlanta Falcons (3-1).

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Game day blog: Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals (Week 4)

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 3, 2010

Final recap -- Browns 23, Bengals 20 (click here for the box score)

The Browns (1-3) captured their first win of the season Sunday because they finally made clutch plays with the game on the line. Running back Peyton Hillis, the offensive line and fullback Lawrence Vickers took control in the final 4 minutes, 41 seconds of the game at Cleveland Browns Stadium. With his blockers paving the way, Hillis gained two first downs, including one via a backbreaking 24-yard run, and the Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) never got the ball back. Hillis finished with 27 carries for 102 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown. He became the first Browns player to rush for a touchdown in four consecutive games since Greg Pruitt in 1975. Hillis also ran for more than 100 yards for the second time in as many weeks and just the third time in his career. He wore the Bengals down, too, inflicting pain upon safety Roy Williams (knee) and cornerback Johnathan Joseph (forearm), both of whom left the game with injuries. Hillis' performance in crunch time overshadowed amazing production from Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens, who had 10 catches for 222 yards , including a 78-yard touchdown reception on which he burned Browns cornerback Sheldon Brown. Owens helped the Bengals outgain the Browns 413-295, but Cincinnati still fell in the Battle of Ohio. Why? The Bengals lost the turnover battle. They had two lost fumbles to the Browns' one interception. During coach Marvin Lewis' tenure, Cincinnati is now 7-37 when it loses the turnover battle. The Browns' defense had several bright spots despite T.O.'s rampage. Linebacker Matt Roth had two sacks, including one that forced the Bengals to punt on their last possession. Linebacker Scott Fujita also had a sack, a forced fumble and a crucial blocked field goal late in the second quarter. Even though he missed practice all week with a knee injury, defensive end Kenyon Coleman had a sack and two fumble recoveries. Rookie safety T.J. Ward was called for a costly personal foul on third down when the side of his helmet and part of his shoulder pad collided with the helmet of wide receiver Jordan Shipley. Ward delivered the devastating hit as a pass to Shipley fell incomplete in the end zone. Shipley suffered a concussion, Ward's penalty gave the Bengals a first down and the Cincinnati scored a touchdown on the next play, trimming its deficit to 23-20 with 10:44 remaining in the fourth quarter. Ward led the Browns in tackles (eight) for the third time in four games, but he's lucky his personal foul didn't haunt his team in the end. It certainly could have resulted in yet another blown fourth-quarter lead for the Browns, but Hillis and his blockers made sure it didn't. Quarterback Seneca Wallace started in place of the injured Jake Delhomme (right high-ankle sprain) for the third consecutive week. He completed 18-of-30 passes for 184 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown pass to tight end Evan Moore, with one interception. Meanwhile, Delhomme was inactive and listed as the team's third quarterback. After the game, Browns coach Eric Mangini said he anticipates Delhomme will be ready to return as the team's starting quarterback in Week 5 against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Links to Browns coverage: Oct. 3, 2010

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 3, 2010

The Browns (0-3) face the Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) in an AFC North showdown at 1 p.m. today at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

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Confessions of a Browns beat writer

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 2, 2010

About once a month, I'll use this blog to get some things off my chest. This is my second confession:

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Links to Browns coverage: Oct. 2, 2010

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 2, 2010

The Browns (0-3) are off today. They'll host the Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) in the "Battle of Ohio" at 1 p.m. Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

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Transcript from press conference with Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 1, 2010

Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll met with reporters Friday afternoon. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll press conference 10-1-10

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Transcript from press conference with Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 1, 2010

Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan met with reporters Friday afternoon. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan press conference 10-1-10

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The Browns have potential reality TV stars of their own

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 1, 2010

With Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers and VH1 reality TV stars Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens coming to Cleveland this weekend, I started to think about which Browns players and/or coaches would be the most entertaining to watch. Believe me, there are definitely some characters in Berea, too. Just ask coach Eric Mangini.

"(Tight end) Robert Royal would be pretty funny if he had a reality TV show," Mangini said. "I’d probably want to group them together like get four or five guys together and put them in a house sort of like the Cleveland Shore, something like that, the Lakefront. I’d have to do the full casting to see what the theme is but Robert is definitely one of them. (Fullback Lawrence) Vickers he’d be fun to have in that mix. (Linebacker Blake) Costanzo, throw him in that house. I don’t know give me another day or two but I could get a good cast.  You throw (defensive coordinator) Rob (Ryan) in there, he could be the house mother or something. What do they call that in college, an RA? He’d walk down every night make sure everyone’s asleep. I think we’ve got something. SportsTime Ohio, you’ll see it."

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Friday's Browns/Bengals injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 1, 2010

Injury report for Oct. 1, 2010

BrownsDoubtful: OL John St. Clair (ankle) and DB Derrick Roberson (hip). Questionable: DL Kenyon Coleman (knee), QB Jake Delhomme (ankle), OL Shawn Lauvao (ankle), WR Brian Robiskie (hamstring), DL Shaun Rogers (hip, ankle) and DL Robaire Smith (back). Probable: LB Marcus Benard (ankle), RB James Davis (thigh), RB Jerome Harrison (thigh), OL Joe Thomas (elbow),  LB Jason Trusnik (head) and FB Lawrence Vickers (groin).

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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 1, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Friday morning. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-1-10

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Highlights from press conference with Browns coach Eric Mangini

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 1, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Friday morning. Here are some of the highlights from the press conference:

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Links to Browns coverage: Oct. 1, 2010

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